Young Adult Lit/Crit

February 3, 2008

Junior/Arnold’s Picks

Filed under: "True Diary of a Part Time Indian", Favorite YA Titles — sostrom @ 4:20 pm

I realize they may not all fit into the YA Lit category, but Junior/Arnold/Alexie recommend them (from pg. 177):

1. The Grapes of Wrath

2. Catcher in the Rye 

3. Fat Kid Rules the World

4. Tangerine

5. Feed

6. Catalyst

7. Invisible Man

8. Fools Crow

9. Jar of Fools 


January 26, 2008

Things to think about as you read Absolutely True Diary

Filed under: "True Diary of a Part Time Indian" — allison @ 3:06 pm

Hi all,

I thought I’d get everyone started with some ideas before they weighed into Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. My co-facilitator, Josh, will surely add some valuable insights and questions as the week progresses 🙂

As you all know, Alexie’s novel won the National Book Award for YA. WHY?? What’s the appeal to young adults? What’s the appeal to literary scholars? What sets it apart?

What do you think of the cartoons? What purpose do they serve? Is this a “graphic novel?”

In this book, we see Junior get judged by other people. But how is Junior judgemental?

Examine the role of race in this novel. Is this book racist? Is Junior racist?

Looking forward to your thoughts!


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